Nationwide DUI Attorney Serving Military Members
DUI Charges and the UCMJ
DUI, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, carries harsher punishments in the military than in civilian life. DUI cases are extremely fact specific and an accomplished military criminal defense lawyer is required to understand the evidence against you and know how to effectively refute it.
The Law Offices of Haytham Faraj, PLLC serves military personnel in the U.S. and throughout the world through proven military criminal defense actions. The firm has 26 years of combined experience to provide to those accused of DUI crimes. Its head counsel is a proud Marine veteran of 22 years who has never lost a military case. He is the only attorney in the country to defend servicemen in 3 major war crime cases and be victorious in each instance, either by securing acquittals or forcing the prosecution to dismiss their charges. The firm has successfully served as counsel in many court martial cases. In each case, the attorney prepared the case with uncommon skill and achieved victory.
Flawed Evidence and Procedures in DUI Cases
Commonly, DUI charges depend upon a lawful police stop and the results of field sobriety tests along with blood or breath tests. Law enforcement is bound by strict rules and regulations when it comes to why a motorist is stopped, the search and seizure of their person or property and how an arrest for DUI is made. If these are violated, it can make the evidence against you unusable in a court of law or may fatally weaken a prosecutor’s case.
Field sobriety tests are known for their inherent flaws where even a person who is not intoxicated can be made to fail them. Instruments used to take breath tests can be incorrectly calibrated or improperly maintained, thus skewing the results. Additionally, these devices (known as breathalyzers), can also read on substances other than ethyl alcohol. Finally, blood tests can be flawed if they are performed by unauthorized personnel, in an incorrect manner or the samples are not properly maintained and handled.
A DUI offense can be tried in a court martial and can result in fines, imprisonment, demotion, a reduction in pay and/or a dishonorable discharge. It requires an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to understand and exploit the errors that police or prosecutors can make and thus provide you with the best result possible.
Contact a military DUI defense attorney from the firm if, as a member of the military, you are accused of a DUI offense and want to learn how a conviction may be prevented.